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Mike, I am as big a fan of Missouri as you are but only one of those wins happened in the past 13 years. And as awesome as that Cotton Bowl victory was, it was against the sixth best team in the SEC that year. You're conveniently leaving out Florida beating previously "Unstoppable" Oklahoma in the 2008 BCS championship game and Alabama beating Texas the next year. I have high hopes too, but let's not get ridiculous here.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on A&M And Mizzou Fans, You’ve Got To Know Your Limitations
How dare you compare Missouri to Hal Holbrook!!
Good day, sir!!!
Of course, nothing beats winning. I am not saying otherwise. I do think that Missouri can win in the SEC and that has nothing to do with the uniforms. BUT as good as Missouri has been the past 15 years or so, it's not been elite like Oregon. It just hasn't. The closest Missouri as come to being where Oregon is right now is getting to number 1 after that glorious win over dirty, filthy Kansas in prime time and then the next week getting throttled by OU in the Big 12 Championship. And yes Missouri was unfathomly screwed by not getting a BCS bowl bid that year, but the fact remains Mizzou still has never been to a BCS bowl. That matters. Things are looking up, no doubt. And I feel as good about the football team as I ever have. Still, Missouri has a ways to go before they can count on blue chippers committing regularly and that's the only way it can ever truly be on the same level as an Alabama or an LSU. Those schools CAN sell tradition. Missouri can't, not unless there are bunch of supremely talented 16-18 year olds who would also be impressed with what Dan Devine did in the 60's or the fact that Don Faurot invented the Split T.
Oregon was the same way, frankly. And Oregon, to its credit, realized it had to do something different to get the recruits it needs to compete with USC. Part, along with the facilities, of its sales pitch was the uniforms. Can you argue with the results?
As far as how we look to the other schools in the SEC? We shouldn't worry about that. Missouri can line up with leather helmets or they can dress up in silver sparkled clown suits it doesn't matter. If we win, and don't act the fool, everyone will come around. If we don't, they wont. It's that simple.
1 year, 1 month ago on Mizzou’s New Nike Duds Not As Bad As they Might Have Been
I have to disagree with my fellow alum BryLaw. Missouri's new unis do not suck...I have seen suck and it is the Maryland "flag" uniform from last year. That said, they are a mixed bag, which is to be expected with, what is it now...13123 different combinations? The all black gear is fantastic. The yellow jersey looks like the bastard child of a Cal and a West Virginia uniform after a weekend of hate sex. And the alternate Tiger logo makes me think I root for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.
But what WE think about the jerseys don't matter to people like us because they aren't for us. They are for the 18 year old recruits who do, in fact, absolutely love them. Oregon is better, in part, because of the uniforms. LaMichael James has said himself he wanted to go to Oregon BECAUSE of those uniforms and you know he wasn't the only one. Nike has become a billion dollar empire because it knows how to sell to kids. I used to sell shoes at a sporting goods store and the more ridiculous the shoe looked to me, the harder it was to keep in stock. So while the uniforms aren't Oregon's only selling point, they aren't a small selling point, either.
I read here earlier that this new look will ruffle the feathers of the old guard of the SEC who are already wary of our presence here. I am sure that it will. But if the uniforms can help land more Dorial Green-Beckhams and lead us to division titles...well, Missouri won't be the only one around here sporting the flamboyant cyborg look before long.